IOGEAR Kaliber Gaming FOKUS (Mouse) Review
The IOGEAR Kaliber Gaming FOKUS is a solid gaming mouses hindered by poor button placement.
The Fokus is IOGEAR's high-end gaming mouse, featuring a laser sensor that can track up to a resolution of 8200 dpi. The dpi can be set on the fly using a button that sits behind the mouse wheel that by default will roughly double the dpi with each press from 800 through 8200 dpi. The button is back-lit to help you identify the current setting by the color of the button. You can use the mouse's configuration to change the step sizes to any settings within the range of 200 to 8200 dpi. The mouse also supports an adjustable report rate of 125, 500, or 1000 reports per second. According to the documentation, you can select a lower rate to improve performance in some games, but I didn't run into any issues with leaving the mouse set at 1000 rps.
The mouse itself is designed to be ambidextrous, featuring a symmetrical aluminum frame which gives it a little more heft than than the average mouse. There are two flat metal parts that flare from the back of the mouse, but since they don't touch any part of your hand while using the mouse they seem to be placed there to add a little extra weight to the back of the mouse to increase its stability during quick mouse movements. The downside of the symmetrical design is that the two buttons on each side of the mouse are placed so that they can be used by the thumb on either side, which means the two buttons on the outside of the mouse are not convenient at all to use and are too easily accidentally activated while using the mouse. The default configuration uses the outside button of the mouse (when used by the right hand) to control volume so accidental presses won't likely ruin your game, but that does mean that you won't want to program these buttons for critical tasks in a game. I like the mouse wheel a lot, though ' it features a rubber tire-like tread that makes it easy to use the wheel in any situation.
The mouse's shell is 'Imperial White' in color, a term likely chosen due to the mouse's resemblance to a helmet style that you could see being worn by some military division of the Empire in Star Wars. This effect is further enhanced by the light bar which crosses the mouse below the main buttons and resembles robotic eyes. The back-lighting is also on the mouse wheel, the mouse's logo on the palm rest, and through honeycomb cut-outs on both sides of the mouse. By default it pulses through a range of colors, but the lighting can be changed with the mouse's software. It supports seven colors and either steady or pulsating lighting.
The software can also be used to reprogram the mouse buttons to perform single actions, keystrokes, or macro sequences. It can also be used to adjust the sensitivity on both the X and Y axes for those who really like to fine tune things.
Overall, I like the mouse's look and feel, and the weight seems to be just right for a gaming mouse. The biggest issue I have with it is the button placement ' the outside buttons are in the wrong spot to be easy to use, while simultaneously being in the right spot to be accidentally tripped by the base of your pinky. It's recommended for those who prefer mouse feel over programming. If you prefer a mouse that gives you a lot of additional control options through programmable buttons, then you'll probably want to look elsewhere.
Transmitted: 12/17/2017 6:00:30 PM